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Global MDG Challenge

2.5 billion with no sanitation
1.75 billion to be served by 2015

450 million new installations by 2015

15,000 installations per hour to 2015



Knowledge Nodes on Sustainability Issues of Sanitation

The main method identified for achieving the ESR2 mission is for ESR to contribute to the development of expertise networks and knowledge nodes in sustainable sanitation in several parts of the world. However, it should be noted that the EcoSanRes Program is limited to addressing sustainability issues related to the user of the system and the collection, transport and treatment and reuse of human excreta and greywater. A knowledge and expertise node is an organization or network of organizations that is taking a leading role in the promotion and development of sustainable sanitation in a specified region or country.

The identification of node hosts is a transparent process and is composed of seven steps:

  • Fact finding
  • Independent scoping of region/selected countries
  • Validation of results through stakeholder-based workshop
  • Preparation of draft ToR for the node
  • Call for proposals to host the node/invitation to host the node to suggested node partner
  • Evaluation of proposals/negotiations with node host
  • Signing of contract and node operational

In order to strengthen the country and regional capacity development for up-scaling of sustainable sanitation, advocacy and implementation three organisations have agreed to cooperate, namely: SEI, WASTE and IRC. Thereby the efforts of the organizations can be coordinated, synergies sought and overlaps avoided.

3 Factsheets on the work of the Knowledge Nodes:



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